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More Evidence That Music Talent Is Largely Innate

New research on twins finds nature and nurture interact to produce accomplished musicians. A second study suggests chimps might be among their fans.

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How to Motivate a Young Musician

Inspiring school and home environments help students develop a sense of themselves as musicians, which prompts them to keep practicing.

 

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Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

German researchers report learning to play a musical instrument is associated with higher grades and superior cognitive skills.

 

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No Need to Speak Slowly: I Took Music Lessons as a Kid

New research suggests music training as a youngster can lead to faster processing of sounds in senior citizens.

 

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Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments.

 

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New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores

Research from Canada finds high-performing students do even better if they are enrolled in ongoing music classes.

 

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More Evidence Music Training Boosts Brainpower

A German study finds young children who took instrumental music lessons did better than their peers on verbal memory tests.

 

Duets and Diapers: Music Lessons Benefit Babies

New Canadian research finds music training in the second six months of life can enhance infants’ emotional development and communication skills.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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